Mavs Win, Clinch 11th Consecutive Playoff Berth

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I know the big news over the weekend for the Dallas Mavericks was another home loss to another potential playoff opponent - this time to the San Antonio Spurs - but the fine print after last night's blowout of the lowly Golden State Warriors was a clinched playoff spot.

Some of you say ho-hum and I get that. But some of us were around when the Mavs won 24 games in combined consecutive seasons and went 13 years between playoff series wins.

It's an accomplishment: 11 straight years with 50+ wins and playoff appearances.

Some NBA fans would kill for that kind of consistency. Of course, when your team was up 2-0 in the NBA Finals and choked away a title in 2006 it puts small victories in perspective.

The 101-73 pasting of the patsy Warriors was Dallas' fewest points allowed and largest margin of victory of this season. Peja Stojakovic made five 3-points, Roddy Beaubois was allowed to play enough to score 15 points and commit five turnovers and Tyson Chandler grabbed 17 rebounds.

The Mavs' next victory will be their 50th, securing their 11+50+Playoffs stretch. A look at how the great stretch has always ended in disappointment:

2001  53-29   Lost to Spurs, 4-1, in West semifinals

2002  57-25   Lost to Kings, 4-1, in West semifinals

2003  60-22   Lost to Spurs, 4-2, in West finals

2004  52-30   Lost to Kings, 4-1, in West first round

2005  58-24   Lost to Suns, 4-2, in West semifinals

2006  60-22   Lost to Heat, 4-2, in NBA Finals

2007  67-15   Lost to Warriors, 4-2, in West first round

2008  51-31   Lost to Hornets, 4-1, in West first round

2009  50-32   Lost to Nuggets, 4-1, in West semifinals

2010  55-27   Lost to Spurs, 4-2, in West first round


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Giovanni
Giovanni

They should be called the Dallas Braves... Minus the Braves only championship of course.

Giovanni
Giovanni

They should be calles The Dallas Braves... Minúscula the braves world series of course

Richie's #1 FAN
Richie's #1 FAN

Does anyone think Richie owes us an apology for the abortion that was last weeks blog?Or Is he to busy working on more radio gold like disagreeing with everything Greggo says or more ways to massage Jerry Jone's prostate.

Mishon
Mishon

Yeah I definetly think he owes us an aoplogy. We are giving him money by coming to his blog and he should repay us with good content. We did our job last week...he did not. So I believe an apology is in order.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

this has been especially hard for Mishon, sans his RW pic. I think part of the readers of this blog are just cruising by on their way to the Adult entertainment ads or the NSFW slideshows.

Mishon
Mishon

Yes, this has been very devestating for me. It's kind of like when you find out that Santa Claus and God don't exist.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

The Spurs would have 14 50+ win seasons in a row if it weren't for the lockout in 98-99. This streak doesn't mean shit if you don't do anything with it. In fact, and I'm guessing, there hasn't been another team in the history of the NBA with this many 50+ win seasons that hasn't won a title.Dirk's window is closing fast.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

You are correct, sir. The only team to have 10 or more 50 win seasons in a row without winning a NBA championship is your Dallas Mavericks. And their fans!

Bobathy
Bobathy

If Mark Cuban isn't a complete tool, instead of just acquiring random big names in the offseason, he'll do something to complete the roster. Tyson Chandler, Dirk Nowitzki and (injured) Caron Butler is a great frontcourt. If you add a three-dimensional player to the backcourt then this team is among the elite.Everyone they have now at guard, while good, is too old, too slow, too small, too limited on one side of the court, and so on. Get rid of most of those guys and get one normal size guard that plays both ends of the court. Really the only person that screw this up is Cuban. He'll probably manage to it, too. Over the years he's brought in Dennis Rodman, Antoine Walker, Antawn Jamison, Nick Van Exel, and Raef LaFrentz, among others. He doesn't care if the pieces fit. He just sees the high profile names. Hell just keeping Devin Harris might have been enough to make the difference. Well all of this could be moot anyway if the NBA shuts down business like many think they will. I like a lot of the pieces on this team now, and I think it's enough to be a tough out in the playoffs. Unfortunately it's probably going to be another year where the Mavs just don't have enough to go all the way in the playoffs. In a way they are like the Malone and Stockton Jazz or the Ewing Knicks. Depressing, huh? Now we'll have to deal with the long baseball summer. And if there's no football? That's even worse. All because Cuban is an idiot.

luniz
luniz

High profile names like Deshawn Stevenson or Roddy Beaubois, both of whom started this weekend?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Tyson Chandler is good for one highlight a night. How can you say him being on that frontline is a great frontcourt? He fouled out and had no effect on the game. Duncan abused him. With the exception of Terry, you can lay the blame of this loss partially at his feet.

antiarmen
antiarmen

Is it time for the annual Dirk-Mavericks playoff meltdown already?

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